The Scripture According to Takuya: And lo, an angel did appear and it was clad in a hot pink kimono, a furry bear-paw scarf and neon green hair. And it was good.

Sad news: Takuya Angel are closing their Harajuku store (just off Takeshita-Doori) and going online only! This iconic brand has been on my list of things to post about since we started the blog… better slightly late than never, right?

Alas, TA are not the only Japanese brand to have been hit by the recession – we asked La Carmina for her opinions on how Japanese fashion has been affected in our interview with her.

Although I don’t have anything by Takuya Angel in my wardrobe, I can really appreciate the artistry behind the aesthetic. Creating a unique fusion between the old & new, TA clothing features genuine vintage kimono fabric, remade with a futuristic cyber feel to them. My favourite pieces are those achieve a somewhat uneasy harmony between the traditional kimono and the sub-culture they now belong to. Look out for furisode-bustiers, and bling-bling geta sandals!

If you can’t live without a bit of kimono added to your clothes, I’d also suggest taking a look at both Ozz On Japan and gouk by h.Naoto for more modern interpretations of traditional Japanese wear.

Back in June, I posted this article about new ways that people in Japan have been styling kimono to keep up with modern trends, and of course Takuya Angel are a fantastic example of that. Support independent Japanese designers, and let’s hope Takuya Angel one day make a welcome return to the streets of Harajuku.

Rebecca

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